21 October 2012

George McGovern

…we will call America home to the ideals that nourished us from the beginning.
From secrecy and deception in high places; come home, America.
From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation; come home, America.
From the entrenchment of special privileges in tax favoritism; from the waste of idle lands to the joy of useful labor; from the prejudice based on race and sex; from the loneliness of the aging poor and the despair of the neglected sick — come home, America.
Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream.
Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward.

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THIS was McGovern's acceptance speech upon receiving the Democratic nomination for President, July 1972. Unfortunately he didn't deliver this great speech until 3 am, Miami time. I was 11, and disappointed to miss the climax of the convention. In the fall I got my first political experience hanging around the Rogers Park McGovern headquarters, stuffing envelopes and selling t-shirts on the street under the Loyola El station. 

McGovern might be the most decent man ever to receive the nomination for president of this nation. What a different world we would be living in had he won.